Patterns Patterns Patterns!

We have so many new and lovely patterns coming into the shop right now. Here are just a few that have already made it on to the site! I am so excited to have Sew Liberated patterns available, Meg’s patterns are so beautiful, they just make me want to run to my machine and sew. They also oddly enough make me want to buy a farm in rural Pennsylvania and raise chickens.

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I am thrilled to have Christine Haynes patterns in the shop! I am absolutely in love with the Emery Dress pattern! This might all stem from the vintage prom dress I wore way too many years ago. Though that dress had a full skirt, but the same lines and details on the top as the Emery Dress. This dress is perfect for any occasion from a night at the opera to a Sunday picnic in the park. It’s all in the fabric that you choose. The really wonderful thing about the Emery Dress pattern is that Christine has been blogging about this dress and offering variations and customizations for a more personal fit. You can follow her adventures with the Emery Dress here.

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Oh the lovely Washi Dress from Made by Rae, I have been eyeing this pattern for the shop for some time. I love all of the variations that Rae offers with her patterns. Rae’s patterns are really user friendly and her site offers help along the way! This is such a rad dress made up long or short!

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Watch for new patterns on the site from Camille Roskelley of Thimble and Blossoms!

Our First Facebook Giveaway!

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Free Olive Ann pattern: Stylin’
2 yards of Blossom Festival
1 yard of 1000 Cranes

Both from the Tsuru collection by Rashida Coleman-Hale

As soon as we get to at least 100 Likes on QueenBeeFabrics Facebook Page, we will draw a name randomly from all of our likes to determine the winner of the giveaway.

Be sure to share this post to help us get to our first 100 Likes!

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New Books in the Shop

New books in the shop today! My book order from Market arrived and I am so excited to have these lovelies in the shop.  I met Camille Roskelley at her booth and she was so much fun to talk to. Her new line April Showers is the perfect mix of vintage prints and versatile basics, the polka dots and stripes are so cute.  I can’t wait to sew up some samples for the shop!

When I saw Zakka Style I fell in love with all of the dear little projects that would be so sweet sewn up with liberty. However after I saw that Rashida Coleman-Hale had compiled the collection, I had to have it for the shop.

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Pre-Sale Bark and Branch from Cloud 9 Fabrics

New from Eloise Renouf comes Bark and Branch for Cloud 9 fabrics! I am so excited to get this gorgeous fabric in that I am offering a Pre-Sale fat quarter bundle of the complete collection now in the shop! These lovely little bundles will be ready to ship out mid November but you can reserve yours now.

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I love the combination of autumn and winter colors as the leaves change and fall from the trees. In Utah the trees are shedding all of their leaves and it makes me want to drive up the canyon to get one last look at the brilliant fall colors before they are gone for another year.

Back From Fall Market

Quilt Market in Houston has come and gone and I am back at home and ready to get down to business. It was so exciting to meet so many interesting people and see all of the new lines being presented during the SchoolHouse Series. Since this was my first experience at Market I was surprised how mellow the whole thing was. Even the Sample spree was pretty tame compared to things I had heard. There was definitely a rush on Moda and Andover cleaned up with their Downton Abbey Line. I mostly found everything that I was looking for and the buying stopped about the time that my husband and I could no longer carry our bags. I sent him to the moda table thinking that he might have an easier time getting through the hoards of women surrounding the behemoth of a booth. Not so, apparently getting inbetween a woman and her sample fabric is like getting in between a mother bear and her cub, but with more blood. I on the other hand swiftly walked around gathering bundles and only getting moderately jostled in the aisles. I think most of these women have never been to a Cramps show in San Francisco on Halloween night. Having said that, everyone was very nice and I was very surprised how kind the people we met really were.

During the actual Market I completely fangirled when I stopped by the Cotton and Steel booth. I got a picture with Melody Miller and Rashida Coleman-Hale and I am pretty sure I said “I’m so excited” about 27 times. They were both very kind if not somewhat bewildered. I felt like I was gate crashing just a bit, we are still such a small site that I felt very intimidated watching everyone else go about their business. Then we sat down with our very kind rep and hammered out all our orders. It was fast and easy and fairly painless.

The hard part is deciding what to carry. Obviously we have to be very choosy when deciding what to have on our site. I was a little frusterated when we first started walking the floor looking at fabrics that I had only seen online. Some of them were disappointing in person or the colors were off. When I walked past the Monaluna booth I didn’t know that they designed fabric. I just saw the cute patterns and I was going to keep walking but I stopped and asked about the fabrics they were using. I am very glad I did because Monaluna makes the most beautiful 100% GOT certified organic cotton fabrics. Their knits are perfect for children, with sweet little animal and forest motifs that I can not wait to sew up into samples.

After my Monaluna meeting I was able to sit down with Birch Organics, Andover and a few other companies and really figure out what I want Queen Bee Fabrics to look like. I am so excited for the fabrics to start shipping, there just isn’t a better package than one you can barely lift and is stuffed with bolts.

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Welcome to Queen Bee Fabrics

Welcome to Queen Bee Fabrics! I am so excited that this site is finally live and ready to go!

As we are just getting things started here at Queen Bee Fabrics I am very excited to be going to the International Quilt Market this week. I will be going to see all the new fabrics coming out over the next few months and to buy my favorites for the site. I can’t wait to see all of the beautifully displayed quilts and samples and to check out all of the latest accessories and patterns.

I will keep you posted with pictures and sneak peaks of fabrics that will be in the shop soon!

 

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PS In the meantime here is a peek at the pretty fat quarters of Tule by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics that is current available in the shop